Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas

Congonhas is known for its sanctuary and for the sculptures created by Aleijadinho, one of the best artists in the baroque style 

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
This postcard arrived from Portugal sent by Martinha

This sanctuary in Minais Gerais, south of Belo Horizonte was built in the second half of the 18th century. It consists of a church with a magnificent Rococo interior of Italian inspiration; an outdoor stairway decorated with statues of the prophets; and seven chapels illustrating the Stations of the Cross, in which the polychrome sculptures by Aleijadinho are masterpieces of a highly original, moving, expressive form of Baroque art. - in:

Sculptures by Aleijadinho at Congonhas
This postcard was sent by Silvia

The Twelve Prophets are a set of soapstone sculptures completed between 1800 and 1805 by the artist Antônio Francisco Lisboa, commonly known as Aleijadinho. The sculptures are located in the Brazilian municipality of Congonhas do Campo, where they adorn the forecourt of the Santuário do Bom Jesus de Matosinhos. - in: wikipedia

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